The Gangleader's Gem (BOOK 2)

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I felt his hot breath against my neck, it gave me chills the good kind, just like before.

I closed my eyes for a minute enjoying the warmth then, abruptly jumped away.

I whipped my head around ready to attack him verbally when a lump formed in my throat.

He was absolutely stunning.

His dirty blond hair was short with a messy and sexy look. His face was absolutely breathtaking, sapphire eyes and thin delectable lips. Dressed in a black hoodie, khaki shorts and black shoes, he was a sight to behold.

He made this casual look, look so, classy and sexy. He was good mixed with a little danger. The intoxicating and addictive kind of drug, you couldn’t do without.

His hands were in his pockets, he was looking at me with a smirk. My heart did a back flip, that smirk always got m-

“May I volunteer?” he asked snapping me out of that little trance. “Or are you going to keep looking at me like a piece of meat?”

My cheeks heated up, while he smirked. Damn him!

“Sure,” I replied looking to see all the kids staring at us.

He flashed me a smile and I shook my head, composing myself before getting ready to fight him.

The kids cleared the mat and watching us like hawks. Vanni pulled off his hoodie, revealing a white V neck shirt. He threw the hoodie behind him, took off this shoes and stepped on the mat.

Vanni looked at me, amused and signalled for me to attack. Not disappointing him I pushed forward with a front kick which he side stepped.

I brought my body forward touching my toes, missing his hand as it swung over my head. I brought my right leg up hitting his head, he staggered back a bit disorientated.

I backflip, landing upright and looked him. He shakes his head with a grin.

Vanni shook his head and smirked. “You have improved DD but, I’m still better.”

Vanni ran forward, swinging his fists at me. I dodged them and aimed for his stomach. He caught my hand and pulled me forward. I bent my torso, bringing my left leg up and hit his head, hard.

He released my hand and I hit him in his gut.

How dare he call me that after he left me for four years without a call, postcard or even a damn pigeon bearing a message!

Vanni smiled and I narrowed my eyes at him.

He wasn’t fighting me to his full strength and skill. He was going easy on me.

Why that little- he was just playing with me!

“Hey, Ferrez! I want a real fight not your damn games!” I shouted in anger.

He looked at me, reading my eyes before nodding. “If that is what you want.”

“It is!”

Without hesitation he came towards me. I blocked his first punch only for him to kick my leg. I blocked him swinging a punch at him which he dodged. He then swung his fists at me causing me to block and I am taken off guard as his foot crashed into my side.

I was flung down, my head hitting the mat. I grabbed my waist and groaned as pain hit me. He gave me one hit and I was down.

That’s why he was holding back. Hell!

I struggled to get up and upon noticing that he walked over to me.

I held up my hand, stopping him. “No, I’ll pick myself up.”

I got up with much effort and pain. I looked over at my class all staring at Vanni like he was some God and I dismissed them.

They all took up their things without questions and left saying goodbye.

“DD you should really get some ice on that,” Vanni said from behind me, causing me to bristle like an irritated cat. “I’m really sorry about tha-”

“I’m okay and it’s practice, someone is bound to get hurt.”

“DD really I’m-”

I glared at him. “Don’t call me that and try to stay out of my way. I don’t want your apology and I don’t want to see you until your father sends for us!”

He looked taken back but nodded nonetheless. Picking up his stuff, he left but not without looking back at me.

Him of all people knew not to argue with me when, I was angry.

I would always end up getting my way through physical or verbal abuse. Or throwing a tantrum, it always worked.

I walked over to a log that we used as a bench and searched through the igloo with refreshments. I pulled out an ice and placed it on my swelling side. I groaned in pain.

He was holding out on me, all he needed was one hit to get me down. Was I that weak? Or was he that strong?

I still remembered how he called me DD, it was as soft as velvet and as sweet as honey.

A smile crept on my face as I remembered that silly day we made that name up.

“I want to give you a name,” I said as Vanni and I played cards in my room, on the floor.

“I already have a name,” he said looking at me confused.

“I know silly, I want to give you a name I and only I should call you,” I replied smiling.

“Can I give you one too?” He asked staring at me excited.

“Okay. I think I’ll call you KISA,” I said in triumph.

He looked at me offended and shook his head. “That’s a girl’s name.”

“No it’s not!” I yelled.

“The reason I call you KISA is because you are my Knight In Shining Armor. K.I.S.A,” I told him and his mouth formed an ‘O’.

“In that case it’s okay” He smiled. “I think I’ll call you DD!”

“Eww, you’re naming me after something you find in a toilet!” I yelled in disgust.

He fell on the floor laughing his ass off. “You should see your face!”

I hit him and he stopped laughing, offering an explanation. “The reason I call you DD is because you are my Damsel in Distress.”

“I don’t want to be called DD” I yelled. “Change it!”

“Would you rather DID? Like the girl I did last night?” My face reddened and I glared.

He shook his head with laughter and I jumped on top of him. “Change it!”

“No!” he pushed me off and I hit my elbow.

I cried out and he looked at it, his eyes sobering up.

“I’m sorry DD,” he said.

Out of anger I jumped on him and fought him again.

“Stop calling me that!”

Our laughter filled the air that night until, we fell asleep on the floor.

Together.

***

“Did you see Vanni?!” PJ asked excitedly. “He looked so hot and manly!”

I was in the bathroom tending to my swollen side and she was yapping about Vanni.

The bathroom was cream with a shell pink toilet, face basin and bath. It had a light over the silver framed mirror which lit up the bathroom and it had a cupboard with towels and other bathroom stuff.

I rolled my eyes at PJ and stared at the swelling, it was getting worse. I groaned, pulling a towel out the cupboard and walked out of the bathroom. I made my way to the closet before pulling out a top and bottom stuffing them in a black bag.

“What the hell happened to your side?” PJ yelled in horror looking at it.

“Practice, Vanni kicked me. No biggy,” I said nonchalantly.

“No biggy? Your side look likes it’s carrying a nine months old fetus!”

“You’re exaggerating,” I said calmly. “Anyways, I’m going for a swim. You coming?”

I looked at her to see her staring at me as if I had grown a second head.

“Firstly, you’re supposed to be resting and allowing your side to heal. Secondly, it’s pass curfew we are not allowed out,” she replied.

“So? I’m going to the spring,” I replied. “And I’m taking the secret passage.”

She shook her head. “Not a good idea, SJ.”

“Are coming or not?” I asked.

She shook her head. “I’m sorry. I’m staying.”

I nodded, grabbing my bag. I went to the closet, opening the small door in the back before slipping through and not looking back.

A few minutes later I was at the exit. I pushed up the hidden door and climbed out, struggling a bit.

I turned towards the trees at the back of the complex and broke into a sprint.

Once inside the cover of the trees, I slowed down and took in my surroundings. There were a lot of trees here, they had pointed leaves and they were tall, some bearing acorns. Evergreens.

I walked seeped into the forest, the moon illuminating my path. The birds in the trees were silently chirping and the owl making its ‘who’ sounds. After about two minutes of walking, finally I heard it.

I heard a ripple of water emptying into a body of water.

The splashing sounds were music to my ears, the soft music of the waters. The sounds got louder the nearer I got until finally it came into my field of vision.

There was a set of huge boulders piling on one another. Green moss grew covering their surface and vines tangled around them. There in the centre of all these boulders, silver ripples of water fell into the moonlit basin of water.

Within this natural basin of water were lily pads, holding white flowers on top of them. The green grass surrounded the basin, decorating it with the multi coloured flowers it sprouts.

There it sat glittering in the moonlight. This hidden beauty of nature.

Our hidden beauty of nature.

Y-you’re what?” I asked my voice shaking.

Vanni and I were in my room, it was peaceful night. Birds were chirping, the wind was whispering and the clouds returned home after a long day of hiding behind the sun. The moon was shining down on her children, wishing them a good night’s sleep and to those nocturnal happy hunting.

Yes, the night was peaceful and everyone was happy except for me.

“I’m leaving DD. Dad is sending me to train in the st-”

“You’re leaving?! You’re leaving me alone?!” I cried as I sunk down on the floor, tears streaming down my eyes.

He was leaving, the one person I trusted to stay with me, protect me and care for me.

I was going to be alone, he was going to leave me like how my mother left me.

His father was taking him away from me, just like how my father took my mother from me.

It was happening again, I was going to be alone.... Abandoned.

I pulled away from him as he tried to explain.

I ran to the closet, closing the door and sinking to the back. My back came in contact with a knob and I turned around to look at it.

Suddenly Vanni knocked on the door, I grabbed the knob turned it and the door opened. I crawled through it just as Vanni opened the closet door.

I looked around and found myself in a corridor of some sort, it was illuminated by a crack in the roof where the moon shone through. I looked at the bare brown walls, the dust floating in the rays of the moonlight and there were cobwebs.

“DD?” Vanni called.

Not wanting to face Vanni, I ran down the empty, narrow corridor my feet echoing on the walls. I heard Vanni’s footsteps coming behind me, I picked up speed and came to a stop at the end. There was a ladder made of rope and board, it was leading down into a dark abyss.

“DD!” shouted Vanni, his voice echoing around me.

I dropped to the floor, climbing down the ladder. As I reached the bottom, I could hear Vanni approaching the ladder.

“DD are you down there?” he asked, his voice sad.

I stood still, covering my mouth. I didn’t want him to hear me and I didn’t want my sobs or laboured breaths to give me up. I slowly stepped back when something ran up my leg.

I released a scream, startled and I started to run blind. I heard Vanni screaming my name but I was too scared to turn back. I looked ahead and saw a ray of moonlight shining down. I ran to it and there again was another ladder. Wasting no time I climbed up, pushed up the door above me and climbed out.

I looked around and found myself at the back of the complex behind the brick fence, they had built to keep us in. I was free!

I looked ahead to the forest and ran. I was going to runaway be by myself, far away from the worries of my life. I was going to be truly alone and may I find my happiness somewhere, anywhere but here.

I ran through the forest, my feet were tiring but I wasn’t going to give up. I was going to be rid of these people that lie to me and pretend to care only to let you down in the end.

Suddenly, my foot hit on a rock, I fell down, my knee hitting another rock. I cried out in pain, doubling over.

I rolled and screamed as the pain struck. I was hurt, my knee was aching, stinging, tingling and the worst thing was that... I was alone.

Just then I felt a sting on my left thigh and I flinched.

Then, I felt another on my arm, another on my neck suddenly, I felt it all over me. I scratched all over, rolling and kicking– pain pulsing in my knee– trying to fight whatever was attacking me.

I held up my hand and a scream escaped my lips. Ants! I was in an ants’ nest and they were attacking me.

I tried to crawl away but my knee was aching so bad that I couldn’t. I cried and screamed as they bit me. I was alone here, no one was going to rescue me. I sobbed as the bites got worse and I could feel my body becoming numb.

“DD!” I heard Vanni yell as he ran over to me.

He wrapped his arms around me pulling me up towards his chest. I held on to him for my life as he took me out the ants’ nest. He laid me down on the fallen leaves covering the forest floor. Working quickly he rubbed his hands over my arms, legs, neck and face, getting rid of all the ants. When, he was sure all the ants were gone he pulled me up to his chest.

I cried in his arms, clinging to his chest. I was so close to dying.

I felt alone and useless, waiting for the pain to be over and then, I’ll join my mother but it never came.

He wouldn’t let it, he saved me. He was my KISA and I was his DD. He would always save me as long as he was here.... Or until he left tomorrow.

“Vanni I’m–”

“Don’t!” he said sternly.

He pulled me up abruptly into his arms and started to walk. I remained quiet as he did. Was he angry at me? Was it because I ran away?

Soon I started to hear water splashing. He walked towards the sound and soon we came to a spring. It was flowing through a crack in a boulder, leaking into a basin of water which was clear and shimmered in the moonlight. It was beautiful.

He placed me on the grass beside the water and told me to take my skirt off. I stared at him for a moment. Was he crazy? He wanted to see my undies?

A small blush came on my face but, I shook it off and looked at him, shaking my head.

“Oh come on DD. I know you have on shorts,” he retorted.

He was right. I was the type of girl that hated skirts, they were too revealing so if I was ever in one I would always wear a shorts.

I nodded and slowly slip the blue jeans skirt down my feet, carefully lifting my injured knee which was starting to swell. I was now in one of Vanni’s blue Superman T-shirts and black shorts.

He tugged off his shirt and came over to me. He pulled me up slowly towards his semi muscular chest and placed my feet on top of his. He walked over to the water, me clinging to his body.

“I’m scared...” I said in a low voice. “I can’t swim.”

I looked up into his blue orbs and he smiled. “And you think I can’t? I’ll keep you afloat.”

Before I could protest, he stepped into the water. The cold water came in contact with my leg and I shivered.

Soon we were covered by the water up to our shoulders, I hung on to Vanni’s body like it was my lifeline. My head was buried in the crook of his neck and his hands were around my waist. My brown curls floated on the water, a few strands resting on his other shoulder.

The water slowly eased the pain of my body, the stings were subsiding and my knee felt better.

“KISA?” I called my voice barely above a whisper.

“Yes DD?” he asked his breath tickling my neck.

“I’m sorry I ran away from you. It was just that you were going to abandon me, leaving me alone, scared and with no one to keep me company or be my friend. I don’t want you to go Vanni you’re my best friend, I love you.” I whispered tears streaming down my cheeks.

He pulled away from me and stared in my chocolate puddles. I could see unshed tears in his eyes, I could see the pain in them, the sorrow and the love, and his eyes mimicked mine. His hand came to my cheek stroking it, I closed my eyes and leaned into his hand.

When I opened my eyes again he was so close, his nose was touching mine and our lips were centimetres apart.

“I love you too DD,” he whispered as he claimed my lips in a sweet kiss.

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